Dumont Dunes OHV Area
The remote location and variety of terrain appeal to those seeking primitive camping opportunities, off-road adventures, fabulous scenery, and opportunities for solitude.
Visitors to Dumont Dunes enjoy excellent recreation opportunities including open desert riding on AllTerrain Vehicles (ATVs), motorcycles, dune buggies, sand rails, Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs), and camping. This area also offers a scenic tour, along a nonwilderness corridor, through the Kingston Range Wilderness. Sperry Wash Route (AR0412) traverses the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River north from Dumont Dunes along the path of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail. This and other surrounding limited use areas require vehicles to travel on designated routes.
The vegetation here consists of creosote scrub, some annual grasses, and wildflowers in the spring.
Know Before You Go
- Out of State Vehicles: OHV users must comply with all California rules and regulations governing Off-Highway vehicles. Please see below for a partial list of key regulation and visit the California OHV Page for more information.
- Weather: The area is hot and arid, with summer high temperatures ranging from 100 to 120 degrees F. Winter low temperatures may drop below freezing with highs in the 70's. Typical of the desert, winds are frequent and strong, and humidity is generally low.
- Food, Fuel and Necessities: Food, fuel and most necessities are available in Baker, Shoshone, and Pahrump. Cellular phone service is not reliable in all locations.
Fees and Camping
Camping is permitted anywhere within the open area of Dumont, but is limited to a maximum of 14 consecutive days.
- It is illegal to possess and/or discharge fireworks.
- Keep pets on a leash and your campsite free of trash and litter during your stay-pack out what you bring in and secure it in your vehicle.
- Campfire permits are required for the use of a campfire, propane stove, lantern, barbecue of any open flame and may be restricted in the fire season (typically May-October). Fire danger is extreme during most of the year. Campfire permits can be obtained online at www.preventwildfireca.org.
- Wilderness areas are closed to all motorized vehicles.
- Shooting is not permitted within the Dumont Dunes OHV Recreation Area.
- Draining of sewage tanks, littering, or dumping trash is prohibited.
- Glass containers, fireworks, and firewood containing nails & screws are ALL prohibited.
Off-Highway Vehicle Use
The following partial list of regulations and tips should help OHV users and other recreationists appreciate and enjoy the use of these public lands.
- ATV riders must wear protective helmets.
- Observe posted signs. Fenced areas mark sensitive wildlife and plant habitat, and are "closed" to vehicle use. The "open" riding areas are also posted and those on foot should be aware of their locations.
- All vehicles must be registered or permitted to operate in the State of California and a green sticker or license plate clearly displayed.
- Maximum speed for OHVs is 15 MPH within 50 feet of a campsite, animal, or pedestrian.
- OHVs must be equipped with an approved muffler and spark arrester.
- Flags are required on all OHV's in this recreation area for visibility and safety.
- Please respect private property.
Camping and Staging Area (above).
The Open Area is located south of the Amargosa River and east of Highway 127, about 31 miles north of Baker, California. There are two ways of getting to the dunes. The Little Dunes staging and camping area is directly off Highway 127, conveniently located for immediate staging. One mile north of here, just off Highway 127, is Dumont Road, a dirt road which follows and crosses the river, leading to the main field of large dunes.